The Species Missing from Islands

Native Missing
Plants Land mammals
Birds Reptiles
Insects and other Amphibians
arthropods (e.g., spiders)    Freshwater fish


Further, when you look at the type of insects and plants native to oceanic islands, they are from groups that are the best colonizers. Most of the insects are small, precisely those that would be easily picked up by wind. Compared to weedy plants, trees are relatively rare on oceanic islands, almost certainly because many trees have heavy seeds that neither float nor are eaten by birds. (The coconut palm, with its large buoyant seeds, is a notable exception, occurring on almost all Pacific and Indian Ocean islands). The relative rarity of trees, in fact, explains why


The fact that the species that exist on islands could only have migrated there versus the ones that do not exist are evidence of evolution.

Folksonomies: evolution species islands

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/sports/fishing/freshwater fishing (0.333410)
/law, govt and politics/law enforcement/coast guard (0.192225)

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Indian Ocean:GeographicFeature (0.903193 (neutral:0.000000))

Animal (0.984082): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Pacific Ocean (0.891578): geo | dbpedia | ciaFactbook | freebase | opencyc
Amphibian (0.809082): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Indian Ocean (0.803194): geo | dbpedia | ciaFactbook | freebase | opencyc
Evolution (0.802237): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Mammal (0.774413): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Arecaceae (0.757001): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc | yago
Fruit (0.746144): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc

 Why Evolution Is True
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Coyne , Jerry A. (January 22, 2009), Why Evolution Is True, Penguin (Non-Classics), Retrieved on 2011-09-15
Folksonomies: evolution evidence creationism


04 SEP 2011

 Why Evolution is True

Memes that support the Theory of Evolution